Who are you? What do you know to be true? What do you question? What are your obsessions?
When I'm confronted with a person's work, this is what intrigues me. A Photography which is not about photography, or about style, or confined to a category but a photography that transcends all of this. Photography as a revelation of what it means to be alive - for the photographer and the life depicted.
Ahead of this workshop, Michael Ackerman asks that you begin a specific photographic project. For this, you shall identify a subject on which you will concentrate: a person, a street, a neighborhood, a group of individuals... every subject is pertinent. What is important here is that you feel concerned, that you feel a real need to explore your subject in depth, and above all else, that this subject matter drives you. ?
Over the course of the weekend, Michael Ackerman will analyze these "works in progress" in order to liberate streams of conscious reflexion and eventual prolongations. In parallel, he shall determine with each participant, the practical photoshoot exercises to be accomplished during the workshop while referencing the work at hand.
Information and Programm
Dates and location
May 9th, 10th and 11th, 2014
Agence & Galerie VU', HÃ´tel Paul Delaroche, 58 rue Saint-Lazare, 75009 Paris FRANCE
Program Friday, first day : from 2 till 8pm
- Projection of his works + introduction to theory by Michael Ackerman.
- Projection of each participantâ€™s work.
Saturday, second day : from 10am till 8pm
- Continuation of the participants' portfolio presentations, analyses and collective discussion.
- End of afternoon : briefs on complementary shots.
Sunday, third day : from 10am till 6pm
- Editing and collective reading of previous evening-nightâ€™s shots.
- Analyses and theoretical development.
- Summary of the workshop : overview, commentary and advice from the workshop holder.
Participants must bring:
- A portfolio (either in the form of paper prints or in digital) with not only one but a few series of his personal work.
- A digital camera and if possible a laptop, since this workshop will require a regular use of this material.
- Full price : 490 euros.
Simultaneous enrollment to two workshops of the program : 415 euros per workshop, hence 830 euros in total.
- Concession (unemployed, students and under 25) : 390 euros.
Represented by Gallery VU'
American. Born in 1967 in Tel Aviv. Lives in Warsaw.
Since his first exhibition, in 1999, Michael Ackerman has made his mark by bringing a new, radical and unique approach. His work on Varanasi, entitled "End Time City," breaks away from all sorts of exoticism or any anecdotal attempt at description, to question time and death with a freedom granted by a distance from the panoramic â€“ whose usage he renewed â€“ to squares or rectangles.
In black and white, with permanent risk that led him to explore impossible lighting, he allowed the grainy images to create enigmatic and pregnant visions. Michael Ackerman seeks â€“ and finds â€“ in the world he traverses, reflections of his personal malaise, doubts and anguish. He received the Nadar Award for his book "End Time City" in 1999, and the Infinity Award for Young Photographer by the International Center of Photography in 1998.
In 2009, he won the SCAM Roger Pic Award for his series "Departure, Poland".
His last book "Half Life" has been published in 2010 by Robert Delpire.
Limited to a maximum of 12 people.
You can receive a pre-enrollement form by contacting:
Mathias Nouel / +33(0)1 53 01 85 84 / firstname.lastname@example.org
This latter will have to be sent - at the latest - 15 days prior to the beginning of the workshop. It must be accompanied by a postal check OR a bank transfert* of 50% of the total fee, and addressed to the order of: Agence VUâ€™.
Once the Agency receive the form, your enrollement to the workshop will be confirmed by email. Then, you will be requested to pay the rest of the amount due within 10 days before the beginning of the workshop. * the potential bank fees are in charge of the participant
Reproduction and diffusion autorisation
The workshop participant authorizes Agence VUâ€™ to reproduce and distribute:
- Any photographs of him or her taken during the workshop.
- The photographs and that have been chosen in a common agreement with the course leader.
These images will be used as documents in the framework of any communication material to advertise the workshops (on varied aid; internet, paperâ€¦). The participant renounce to ask for any compensation if any of her or his images were to be used in the communication of the workshops.
To be able to be reimbursed, the participant needs to notify, at the latest 10 days prior to the workshop, the agency. After this deadline, no reimbursement will be possible, unless in a case of major problem.
Agence VU' reserves the right to cancel a workshop. In case of a cancelation, Agence VU will propose, in agreement with the concerned people, the possibility to take part in another workshop. In case no solution can be found, Agence VU will reimburse the fees to the participants.